In the lore of Minnesota wrestling, Friday, February 2 might go down as one of the most important in the state’s history. Not because the dual outcome impacted a state or sectional title, but because you saw two world champions collide as two of the state’s power programs met in front of a capacity crowd at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.
Episode 40 of The Guillotine Grapevine goes before and after the Gable Steveson-Greg Kerkvliet super match. Steveson, a three-time world champion at the international age-group levels at heavyweight faced off with Simley 220-pounder Kerkvliet, the 2017 Cadet world champion at 100kg.
We talk with fathers Robert Steveson, Greg Kerkvliet, then we talk with the combatants before finishing up with Simley AD and wrestling coach Will Short about setting up the match.
The Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team current sits as the 14th-ranked team in Division I wrestling. After a 30-7 drubbing at the hands of Michigan on Sunday, January 21, Coach Brandon Eggum explains what has to be done and how the team is fighting through a litany of injuries.
We’ll open up Episode 39 of The Guillotine Grapevine talking with Simley alum Nick Wanzek. The senior 165-pounder is coming off a big win over Logan Massa and has been wrestling well of late. Then we get into a long conversation with Eggum analyzing the dual with Michigan and the performances within as the team heads into a weekend with No. 1 Penn State and No. 20 Northwestern.
The PINnacle Wrestling School has been one of the nation’s most successful in recent years. Co-founded by Jared Lawrence and a handful of former University of Minnesota wrestlers, PINnacle has evolved over the last 10 years into a program college coaches notice.
Lawrence talks about the foundations of the club, the new location in Roseville, how college coaches trust he and fellow club runner Brandon Paulson and what the club opts to service and promote.
Wrestlers coming home from college and getting a workout in is nothing new. On Episode 37 of The Guillotine Grapevine, we head over to the new home for the PINnacle Wrestling School and visit with Minnesota natives Griffin Parriott and Brady Berge. The two are in town for the holidays and decided to get a workout in before they compete at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Here’s the thing — Parriott’s wrestling at Purdue and Berge at Penn State. While Parriott is in the starting lineup this season for the Boilermaker, Berge is redshirting. Both have spent considerable time growing up in the PINnacle room and they talk about the recruiting process coming out of high school, opting to go somewhere other than Minnesota, their respective college atmospheres and the dynamic of their schools compared to their high schools.
It’s college wrestling season and here in Minnesota, that means one of the first major events is hosted by Augsburg University in Minneapolis. On Episode 36 of The Guillotine Grapevine, we’ll chat with Augsburg head wrestling coach Jim Moulsoff about the team, the tournament and the landscape of Division III wrestling and we’ll also get a chance to sneak into a back hallway to talk with new Minnesota State assistant coach Ty Eustice.
Eustice spent the last several years working for J Robinson Camps in Minneapolis. He’s back in Mankato where he spent two years as a graduate assistant after completing his collegiate career at the University of Iowa.
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